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Australia lucky to beat France

22/11/2004 05:31:17 AM Comments (0)

Australian captain Darren Lockyer made a successful return from a rib injury but his comeback was overshadowed by a heroic performance from France in their rugby league tour match.

Lockyer, making his return after a four-week absence, played 53 minutes as Australia won 52-30 at Stade Ernest Wallon.

And the Kangaroos had Lockyer to thank for their victory.

The classy five-eighth was the difference as France threatened to pull off the biggest upset in rugby league history.

The final scoreline flattered the tourists, who scored three tries in the game's final five minutes.

But for Lockyer who knows what would have happened as the part-time French players produced an amazing display.

Australia was forced to come back from a 16-6 deficit midway through the opening half to take a 28-16 lead into the break.

The French stunned the tourists with prop Adel Fellous, impressive second rower Jamal Fakir and five-eighth Maxime Greseque scoring tries.

Jason Ryles managed Australia's sole reply and France led 16-6.

Then Lockyer put the foot on the accelerator.

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